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Local, FDA take steps to combat underage vaping

LAS VEGAS - The FDA has taken steps to fight underage vaping all across the country.  The organization just released a report to announce future enforcement against what they're calling an epidemic. 

Studies show kids have a higher risk of heart and other health issues when they begin using any nicotine product.  8 News NOW spoke with valley health officials and vape experts to talk about their joint efforts to keep e-Cigs out of the hands of minors. 

"It sucks and we can't do anything about it, but we try our best to stop it," said Christian, an employee of Vape Supply Company.

"Reports of lung issues, asthma are being triggered by e-cig use," said Maria Azzareli, the manager for the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Southern Nevada Health District. 

As nicotine numbers continue to spike, more than two million middle and high school students are vaping across the United States,  the FDA is doing its part to take action. 

"What the FDA has done with issuing the warnings with e-cigarettes is extremely important because it gets a national and local spotlight on the issue," Azzareli said.  "We have had an alarming increase in the number of high school students who are using the e-cigs or vapor products in Clark County and in Nevada as a whole. 

Azzarelli says recent studies show 15 percent of high school students in our state smoke e-cigs. That number is above the rest of the nation. 

"We try our best to try and not sell to anyone who is underage in here," Christian said. 

According to Christian, Vape Supply Company follows a strict process, but with today's easy access, regulating it is tough.

 "A lot of places they don't properly check IDs like they are supposed to, so that's the reason why kids are able to get it," Christian said.

Those against underage vaping are also going up against online influence.

"They are promoting it onto social media so a lot of kids follow them, and that's the reason why," said they're like oh I want to vape! 

Azzarelli says it's important for vape users to read about the risks before lighting up.

"You can become addicted even one time after you use the product," she said.

E-cigarettes haven't been on the market long enough to know their long-term health effects, but they do contain cancer-causing substances. 

For more information on e-cigarettes go here.

If you want help to quit vaping or smoking the state has a hotline you can call. It's called 1-800-Quit-Now.


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